Playboy Pays Nude Tribute to Marilyn Monroe for 50th Anniversary of Her Death

NEW YORK | Saturday, November 17th, 2012 2:45am EDT

The past August marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, but the iconic diva’s images seem to be immortal.

The actress, who passed away at the age of 36, graces the cover of Playboy’s December issue, which is fitting since she was the magazine’s very first cover girl back in 1953. Photo: Playboy

Playboy that started an iconic career is celebrating the woman who arguably launched the iconic publication, as the world-known magazine pays tribute to the gorgeous blonde, on the 50th anniversary of her death, with a portfolio of nude pictures.

Today, the magazine celebrates Monroe and her career, one more time reminding people the spectrum of her beauty and power, with classic nude photos from her days as a pinup girl to photos taken in her last days, The Huffington Post reports.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner remembers the star on the 50th anniversary of her death, saying: “She was most in control when she was in the nude. What would be a position of vulnerability for others was a position of power for her.”

“By exuding that sense of control, she gave us permission to be invulnerable too,” says Roger Ebert. “We could admire her and not be made to feel complicit in something shameful or sinful. Nudity was natural and beautiful.”

The news comes a few days after Channel has re-imagined its long love affair with the iconic sex symbol.

The high-end French house’s new historical site, Inside Chanel, features an archival video dubbed “Marilyn & No.5″ chronicling the actress’s relationship with the perfume. In it, the silver-screen legend can be seen name-dropping Chanel all around Hollywood.

Back in 1952 a mere 26-year-old said in an interview that her sleepwear involved “some drops of No.5.” Just No. 5 and nothing else.

According to Refinery29, this was the icon’s “first mention of the equally iconic perfume, however, not the last”. The star later posed for sensual photographs in bed, and there, on her nightstand, stood a single bottle of No. 5.

Dying at an extremely premature age, Monroe left a plethora of uncovered images and interviews behind. The famous brand has recently acquired the rights to a number of images featuring the No. 5 bottle, and further testament to just how much the blonde loved her only fragrance.

Earlier this month The International Business Times wrote that photographs of the blonde beauty attracted a bevy of bidders at an auction conducted in Poland.

Desa Unicum in Warsaw held the auction of images by photographer Milton H. Greene whose collection, estimated as $680,000, also included images of such celebrities as Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Newman, and Frank Sinatra.

“The interest in this photo auction was unprecedented,” said Michal Olszewski, Desa Unicum’s sales director.

An estimated 600 people around the world participated in the auction, including bidders from U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Ecuador.

The iconic actress and the photograph were business partners and friends, and Monroe posed for Greene in 52 sessions between 1953 and 1957, while the two co-owned a production company.

The collection of images also featured a well-known photo of Monroe sitting quite innocently in a white dress. The photo sold for $18,000, the highest price bid for a single picture at the auction.

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